SPOKANE, Wash. – Rev. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Gonzaga University’s 25th president, will return to the Gonzaga campus next week to present two metaphysics lectures that are free and open to the public April 5-6. The lectures are sponsored by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Project of the Gonzaga University Faith and Reason Institute.
On April 5, Rev. Spitzer will discuss “Was There a Beginning Before the Big Bang?” and on April 6, he will address the topic, “‘A Tale of Two Metaphysics: The Multiverse or Supernatural Design as Ultimate Explanation of Anthropic Coincidences.” Both lectures begin at 7 p.m., and both will take place in the Barbieri Courtroom at the Gonzaga University School of Law (721 N. Cincinnati St.). Copies of Rev. Spitzer’s book “New Proofs for the Existence of God” will be available for purchase at both lectures.
Rev. Spitzer’s first lecture (April 5) will examine the evidence for the so-called “Big Bang,” discuss the possibility of a universe prior to the Big Bang, and look at evidence that may point to when such an event might have occurred.
In his second lecture (April 6), Rev. Spitzer will explore six anthropic coincidences. He will use coincidences that are commonly acknowledged by theists and agnostics (such as Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow) and will then look at the two metaphysical explanations that have divided the community of physicists – a multiverse or supernatural design.
For more information about the lectures, please contact Margaret Rankin, program coordinator for the Gonzaga University Faith and Reason Institute at (509) 313-6737 or via e-mail.